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Statement on the situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Belgium reiterates the support for regional diplomatic efforts, in particular the Nairobi and Luanda processes, which usually promote de-escalation and the visit a lasting pacification of far eastern DRC. The roadmap decided in Luanda must be implemented without delay, in all its factors, including by the M23. It is therefore essential, for the stability of the region, that all the parties involved now show restraining and that any collusion or cooperation with all the armed groupings active in eastern DRC cease immediately and permanently. Belgium calls on Rwanda to cease all help the M23 and to use all the means at the disposal to persuade it to re-engage in a process of disarmament, demobilization and community reintegration. The M23 must immediately cease hostilities plus withdraw from areas under its control. Belgium also calls for an end to all relations, intentional or not, between any Congolese authority and the FDLR. A preliminary investigation by the UNJHRO and MONUSCO has established that this violence was committed by elements of the M23, which currently takes up these villages. National and international investigators must be in a position to carry out their work and continue their investigation. The particular perpetrators of this massacre can not go unpunished, whether simply by national or international proper rights, seized by the DRC. The sovereignty and territorial integrity from the Democratic Republic of Congo and of all the countries from the region must be fully recognized. Particularly on this international day time of commemoration of the victims of the crime of genocide and their dignity, Belgium condemns in the strongest terms the murder of a large number of civilians in Kishishe and Bambo, in the province of Northern Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Belgium calls for a finish to messages of hate and calls for violence concentrating on specific communities. Belgium recalls the importance of humanitarian access to civilian populations. It commends the particular efforts of the UNJHRO, United Nations agencies and humanitarian stars who carry out their work in difficult conditions.


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